frailty

noun
frail·​ty | \ ˈfrāl-tē \
plural frailties

Definition of frailty

1 : the quality or state of being frail the frailty of her health the frailty and disability in the elderly
2 : a fault due to weakness especially of moral character Satire … often employs irony and sarcasm to denounce the frailties and faults of mankind.— Harry Shaw

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Synonyms & Antonyms for frailty

Synonyms

demerit, dereliction, failing, fault, foible, shortcoming, sin, vice, want, weakness

Antonyms

merit, virtue

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fault, failing, frailty, foible, vice mean an imperfection or weakness of character. fault implies a failure, not necessarily culpable, to reach some standard of perfection in disposition, action, or habit. a writer of many virtues and few faults failing suggests a minor shortcoming in character. being late is a failing of mine frailty implies a general or chronic proneness to yield to temptation. human frailties foible applies to a harmless or endearing weakness or idiosyncrasy. an eccentric's charming foibles vice can be a general term for any imperfection or weakness, but it often suggests violation of a moral code or the giving of offense to the moral sensibilities of others. compulsive gambling was his vice

Examples of frailty in a Sentence

the frailty of her voice We can no longer be surprised by the frailties of our political leaders.

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My mother’s primary problems, old age and frailty, are particularly tough. Stacey Burling, Philly.com, "How to know when it's time for hospice," 22 June 2018 Changes in gait and movement may flag frailty issues. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "A Tech Test to Keep Seniors in Their Homes Longer," 25 July 2018 Networks became an attractive option for creators a few years ago, when YouTubers were concerned about the frailty of Google’s AdSense system. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube creators blindsided by major network’s collapse," 5 Dec. 2018 Croatia was less blunt instrument and more about slow strangulation, as it limited service to Messi, exposed the frailty around him then went for the kill. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Argentina Has Plenty of Blame to Go Around as Its World Cup Spirals Out of Control," 21 June 2018 How to fix my parents, their increasing frailty and pain. Jill Gleeson, Woman's Day, "I Hate Yoga—But That Didn't Stop Me from Attending a Yoga Retreat in the Galapagos Islands," 4 Apr. 2017 Aymen Mathlouthi, who is beginning to show frailties at 33 and after 11 years in the team, can no longer be certain of his starting spot. Bouazza Ben Bouazza, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup Countdown: Tunisia return to the World Cup without key playmaker," 8 June 2018 The economic turbulence highlighted the frailty of Argentina’s economy despite austerity measures imposed by Macri, a conservative who has vowed to boost growth and curb Argentina’s high inflation. Washington Post, "Macri says Argentina’s currency crisis is over," 16 May 2018 Truly ancient mice — 24-to-27-month olds, comparable to 75-to-90-year-old people — given the senolytics lived 36 percent longer than their peers, again without the poor health and frailty that usually mark late life. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Hope for creaky old humans: removing aged cells from mice can restore their youth, study finds," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of frailty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for frailty

Middle English frelete, freelte, borrowed from Anglo-French freleté, going back to Latin fragilitāt-, fragilitās, from fragilis "liable to break, weak, fragile" + -itāt-, -itās -ity

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frailty

noun

English Language Learners Definition of frailty

: physical weakness : the quality or state of being frail
: weakness of character that causes a person to do things that are morally wrong

frailty

noun
frail·​ty | \ ˈfrāl-tē \
plural frailties

Kids Definition of frailty

1 : the quality or state of being weak the old man's frailty
2 : a weakness of character human frailty

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